South Portland police find the ‘Elf on the Shelf.’ Kind of…

Elf on the Shelf (BDN photo by Linda Coan O'Kresik)

In case you don’t have children — or any access to social media — the “Elf on the Shelf” has become a bit of a Christmastime craze in recent years. The gist is this: During the weeks leading up to Christmas, parents place the signature elf doll in various places around the house after the […]

Here’s how much Portlanders can spend on the holidays this year, on average

Lee Cannon, one of several hundred people dressed as Santa, elves, reindeer and assorted Christmas characters roaming the streets of Portland's Old Port Saturday night, dances at the Oasis on Wharf Street during an bar-crawl event, Santacon. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

WalletHub, the somewhat ubiquitous data crunching finance website, has come up with approximate holiday budgets for people in each of hundreds of U.S. cities. Researchers for the site — which has in the past released city-by-city comparisons on a wide range of other topics — developed a formula using each community’s personal debt figures, income-to-expense ratios, savings and […]

Ethan Strimling is taking theme song suggestions for his mayoral inauguration. Here are 6

Ethan Strimling, who was elected the next mayor of Portland last month, has taken to Facebook for suggestions on what should be the theme song for his inaugural celebration Monday night. Over the two days or so that the post has been up, Strimling has received more than 40 suggestions, some of them serious, some […]